Raiders vs. Cowboys: Game Balls and Close Calls

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Jason Hatcher
Honorable Mention: Kyle Wilber, George Selvie

Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) tackles Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) in the first quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Hatcher’s statistics do not tell the story of his play.  While he only registered two tackles, he was quite a disruptive force, getting into the Raiders back field multiple times and allowing others to make plays.  The often discussed “no names” on the defensive line, led by Hatcher, did a wonderful job keeping a very potent rushing attack quiet as can be.  Oakland came into the game averaging 140 yards per game on the ground, good enough for fourth best in the league but only managed 50 on this day.

Wilber continued his stellar play going back to his drafted position as a linebacker, recovering a fumble that led to the first Dallas touchdown and providing excellent perimeter run support while getting close to also picking up a sack.  The only other Cowboy player to get near Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin was George Selvie.  Selvie, along with Hatcher, provided the run stuffing, play making that kept Dallas in the game and allowed the offense to do their thing in order to get the W.

Chris Jones
Honorable Mention: None

Much like Jason Hatcher, Jones’ day will not look overwhelming statistically but he provided the Cowboys defense with some help in the field position game.  Although only one of his five punts put the Raiders inside the twenty yard line, that one did put them on the six yard line.  On the very next play, the Raiders coughed up the football and put the Cowboys in business to score their first touchdown of the game.  Two other punts had the Raiders starting on the 21 and 22 yard lines respectively which was crucial to keeping them out of the end zone as neither ensuing drive resulted in points.

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